President Donald Trump’s immigration ban was controversial from the start. The travel ban was scorned by swaths of the American population, including a number of legislators, judges, and other government officials. A lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Washington and Minnesota led to a temporary halt of the ban being enforced on February 3.
The ban, which Trump enacted as an executive order, originally denied travel access into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. These included Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. All refugees were banned from entering the country, and Syrian refugees in particular were banned indefinitely.
A number of high-profile people have spoken out against the ban, including the CEOs of some of the largest companies on American soil. In most cases, those business leaders cite the need for diversity in their workplaces as a driving force for creativity and innovation. In fact, 97 companies filed a legal brief against the ban, saying it “inflicts significant harm on American business.”
Most of the companies included in the legal brief are a part of your daily life, and they employ a large number of immigrants on work visas. Here are 11 of the largest companies against Trump’s ban.
Amazon might’ve not been one of the first companies to join the lawsuit, but it was quick to follow. The e-commerce giant publicly stated it will support its home state of Washington in the legal proceedings. “To our employees in the U.S. and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon’s resources are behind you,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in a note to employees.
CNN reports that Bezos added that the company does not support the ban. “We’re a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years … It’s a distinctive competitive advantage for our country — one we should not weaken.”